SmackDown LIVE preview, Aug. 7, 2018: Styles returns to address Samoa Joe
Last week, Samoa Joe got extremely personal with WWE Champion AJ Styles ahead of their SummerSlam clash for the title. The Samoan Submission Machine accused Styles of being a poor father, choosing to spend more time on the road than at home with his family. Tonight, The Phenomenal One returns to address his challenger. Has Samoa Joe gotten inside the champion’s head? Find out tonight on SmackDown LIVE at 8/7 C on USA Network!
The New Day and The Bar clash for SummerSlam title opportunity
The tournament to determine who will challenge SmackDown Tag Team Champions The Bludgeon Brothers at SummerSlam concludes tonight, as The New Day clash with The Bar in the finals.
Big E & Xavier Woods defeated SAnitY to earn their place in the final match, while Sheamus & Cesaro emerged victorious from a hard-hitting throwdown with The Usos to move one step closer to earning a title opportunity at The Biggest Event of The Summer.
There’s no love lost between these two teams. In fact, it was The Bar who brought The New Day’s record-breaking 484-day reign as WWE Tag Team Champions to an end in 2016. Will The Celtic Warrior and The Swiss Cyborg once again be victorious, or will The New Day earn the right to challenge for their fifth tag team championship at SummerSlam?
How will Daniel Bryan react to The Miz accepting his challenge?
After several refusals, The Miz has finally accepted Daniel Bryan's SummerSlam challenge.
Bryan issued the challenge last Tuesday on SmackDown LIVE, only for The A-Lister to turn him down on the spot. The Miz continued to refuse the challenge several times over the weekend, only to change his mind in a video posted earlier today. The Awesome One said that after a week of negotiations between his agents and SmackDown LIVE General Manager Paige, he would be giving Bryan "the gift of relevance" by accepting his challenge for The Biggest Event of The Summer.
How will Bryan respond, now that he has the match he's been clamoring for?
Lana and Zelina Vega clash in rematch from last Tuesday
WWE.com has learned that Lana and Zelina Vega will face off tonight in a rematch from last Tuesday's SmackDown LIVE.
That match, Vega's first since joining Team Blue earlier this year, saw Andrade "Cien" Almas' business associate emerge victorious after Aiden English prevented Almas from interfering, distracting The Ravishing Russian and allowing Vega to roll her up for the three count.
English apologized profusely after the match, but the fractures in the Rusev Day crew continued to show, as Lana told The Bulgarian Brute she needed him at ringside.
Will they be on the same page tonight, or will Zelina Vega continue her hot streak? Find out tonight on SmackDown LIVE at 8/7 C on USA Network!